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Religious Studies A level at City and Islington College

Course description

A Level Religious Studies provides an in-depth study into some of the historic religions of the world. You will apply analytical thinking to complex moral problems, and find out what the great religious thinkers had to say about them.

Course content

This course looks at a number of Western and Eastern philosophical, ethical and religious traditions. The first year focuses on the question of what it means to say that an action is right or wrong, as well as introducing the main principles of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy.

The second year examines the relationship between religion and human experience, exploring the role religion plays in contemporary society, its visual representation and the challenges that face religion. Eastern religious beliefs and practices will be treated in more detail.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must have achieved at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects, e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies or English Language.


International students:


  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by coursework and by end of year exams. Successful completion of the first year gains you an AS Level in Religious Studies. Completion of the second gains you an A Level in Religious Studies.

Future opportunities

This course should be considered as analytical training for further study. Paired with a complementary A Level like Philosophy or even Politics, it can be a stepping stone to acceptance on a Degree course studying Religion, Philosophy or even History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

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      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.